Yamaha's new Pocket Club drums look and sound amazing. Rich tones, stunnign finishes and......ok. The focus of this event for me was nothing to do with the drums. Ash Soan and Neal Wilkinson are two of the busiest session drummers in the country, and incredibly underrated in my opinion.
These guys came out together, played drums together, took untold amounts of questions and kept the same message throughout......simplicity is NOT stupidity.
It was hugely refreshing to go to a clinic and come away knowing that you could have also played every single note. Not only that but they were portraying a great message to young drummers (the right message in my opinion).
For drummers like myself, who are slightly "challenged" when it comes to the faster chops, it gave added hope that you can have amazing careers playing simple grooves with feel. And feel they did. You could physicallyn see the grooves they were creating through their movement as they played.
All in all an incredible night. Please check out some of the promo footage here.